TAP: Hennesy Youngman

Hennesy Youngman talks MAD art in this brief but PACKED video: ART THOUGHTZ: Relational Aesthetics

The Law of Maximized Irony

I have a metaphysical theory that I call The Law of Maximized Irony: In a nutshell, any set of initial circumstances will resolve to the state of greatest irony. Case in point: With increasing frequency we see incredulous stories about artists who’ve made careers out of cribbing other people’s work suing artists who have copied…

Portrait 5 Stephen(s), 2010 Lot #1

The whimsical Phillips de Pury & Company website is, as I’ve noted in the past, a remedy to prim auction house hem-haw. And I am pleased that Lot #1 of their Under the Influence auction of March 8, went for a full quarter of  it’s estimated $100, 000 to hammer at $26,000 — the full…

You got TV all over my artwork…

Got a piece of art with some TV sticking to it?  Call the fun-loving specialists at Phillips de Pury. When Abdi Farah won the Bravo reality show, Work of Art, his 2010 “Baptism” went to auction at Phillips de Pury, selling for $20,000. And now that Steve Martin has declared Stephen Colbert’s re-worked portrait, “a…

Have Your Cake: Armory 2011

Not just to be traditional in hating the big ones, but just to be hands down honest, I have to say that the 2011 Armory show was pretty dull going. And that, despite Marjorie Strider becoming the new Tom Wesselmann even while the old Tom Wesselmann is still squeaking out dozens of tiny tin farts…